Due to the health emergency, the 2020 edition of Doc Montevideo will be held online, with virtual training, market, networking and exhibition activities.
The 2020 online edition is already surpassing all previous levels of participation. Among the highlights of the program are the master classes of the directors nominated for the 2020 Oscar for the films For Sama and Honeyland, such as the English producer Joanna Natasegara, winner of an Oscar and 3 nominations for documentaries. Among the most relevant actors in the market will be Netflix, Globoplay, The New York Times, among others.

Doc Montevideo is considered a market and a platform of reference in Latin America. It is the largest audiovisual market in Uruguay, the main launching forum for documentary projects in the continent and the meeting point for public and cultural television stations in Latin America.

The platform offers a wide proposal that covers the areas of Training, Market, Networking and Exhibition, for all the professionals of the sector and for documentary projects in all the stages of production and development. Doc Montevideo is also an open space that receives independent producers, students, television stations, festivals and markets, speakers and professionals of the audiovisual sector.

Among the proposals of the 2020 edition is, as is traditional, the exhibition space of the Documentary Week, which in this edition will take place between July 20 and 30 online, bringing the best of recent Latin American documentary with the opportunity to dialogue with its creators.

In its eleven previous editions, Doc Montevideo has contributed to the viability and international positioning of more than 180 projects of feature films and non-fiction series from the continent, which later received awards in festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, IDFA, Toulouse, San Sebastian, Guadalajara and BAFICI, among others.

How to participate in the online experience?

DocMontevideo is a spiral path. It can be travelled in many ways and on many occasions, always with the potential to discover and propose something new. The main purposes that guide the journey are : thinking, creating and connecting. For this edition, we will count on: Seminars, Laboratories, Exhibitions and different market activities such as Documentary Pitching, Pitching Series, Meetings and Co-production Market.

There are two ways to consider participating in DocMontevideo. One that focuses on creation, designed for those who have a project, work in progress or film: the Market and the Rough Cut Lab activities. And another one thought for those who are looking for the general experience of DocM, with training and networking spaces for professionals of the sector.


There are 3 types of accreditation to participate with a user in DocMontevideo’s online platform Seminar, Industry and Industry +.

SEMINAR: Accreditation for those who want to learn about the way great creators work, their creative processes and their ideas about cinema through master classes and film case studies. Interests: reflection, inspiration and networking with peers. Cost USD35-

INDUSTRY: Includes the Seminar program and adds the access to the industry: selected projects, delegation projects, recorded online pitchings, industry catalogues and players agenda with chat and messaging. Interests: market contents and networking with peers and players. Cost USD50-

INDUSTRY +: Includes the program of the Seminar and the accesses of Industry, adding the possibility of registering your company in the agenda of contacts of the market. Interests: market contents, networking with peers, players and presence as a company. Cost USD65-

Tickets for Laboratories: In addition to the Seminar, Industry and Industry + accreditations, extra tickets for access to the different Laboratories can be purchased for USD30


Free activities:

July 1-19: Industry Dialogues (free live streaming)

Activities with accreditation: Training:

Documentary Seminar: July 20th to 31st
Laboratories: throughout the month of July


July 20th: Co-production Market
July 23rd: Documentary Pitching
July 24th: Pitching Series
27, 28, 29 July: Meetings
July 30: Meetings Delegations

How to participate in industry dialogues?

Free activity, with the participation of international film festivals, funds and institutions, such as the IDFA, DOCSMX, Sundance Institute, New York Times Op-Docs, among others. They will be broadcast at 11am via Facebook live.

Monday 6th: IDFA’s Table, Netherlands | audiovisual production during pandemic
Tuesday 7: Mesa de Conecta, Chile | ecosystem for sustainability of the documentary
Wednesday 8: Sundance table and Chicken & Egg | distribution alternatives in the pandemic
Thursday 9: New york time Op-docs | working with Op-docs
Friday 10th: TAL table | the role of the documentary in Public TV
Every morning from 10:20 to 10:45 (UTC -3), through a live Instagram, we will start the day by presenting the daily activities of the DocM and sharing a reading space, followed by a meditation space. The reading space is organized together with the Colectivo Água, a women’s art collective focused on the expression of the intimate voice in the art world. We invite 20 Latin American and Spanish writers to share their own text that will inspire us to enter into the creative process of documentary filmmaking and the various ways in which we look at and tell the world. The meditation space is designed to make the virtual experience as warm as possible. We know that the work of the producer, director and everyone in this pandemic, involves many hours sitting in the same position in front of a screen, so taking a few minutes to relax and connect with our bodies and the present, becomes very important. 6 July will begin, in turn, the Laboratories, designed for professionals who want to deepen a particular area of documentary production:
Lab Realization: with Travis Wilkerson (USA) Waiting list
Executive Production Lab: with Joanna Natasegara (UK) Last places
Impact Distribution Lab: with Rossana Giesteira and Estevão Ciavatta (Brazil) Last places
Rough Cut Lab: with Yaël Bitton (Switzerland/France) Waiting list
From July 20th to 31st, the online experience will be developed for accredited people.

The Documentary Seminar, which is the space for reflection on creation made up of 10 master classes, will take place from 20 to 31 July. Open call.

The Co-production Market, a space for producers from different parts of the world who are looking for partners for their projects, will take place on July 20th. Closed call.

The Documentary Week, with the screening of 11 films, will take place between July 21st and 30th. DocMontevideo accreditors and residents in Uruguay who purchase a subscription will be able to access the program. Programming of the Documentary Week | Subscription bookings for Uruguayan residents

The Documentary and Series Pitchings, spaces to enhance creative possibilities and provide opportunities for financing and positioning in the international market of feature length projects and series, will take place on July 23rd and 24th respectively. Both calls are already closed.

The Meetings, a space for the commercialization and international positioning of finished contents or work in progress for TV, VOD and/or Festivals in unit or series format, will be held between July 27 and 30. Closed call.

Tutors and speakers confirmed to date:

Marta Andreu, documentary pitching tutor

Marta Andreu (Spain). In 2004 she founded the production company PLAYTIME. Her latest productions include Oleg y las rarer artes (Andrés Duque, 2016), which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and Amanecer (Carmen Torres, 2018), best Colombian film FICCI. In 2017, he created WALDEN, a residence to accompany documentary projects. Since 2009 she has been the academic coordinator of DocMontevideo, where she gives a writing workshop and seminars on documentary creation. Since 2015 she has been playing the same role at DocSP. Since 2010, she is a member of the Berlinale WCF committee and a consultant for Visions du Réel. She gives writing workshops and seminars in documentary creation, and is a consultant for project development at the international level. She created and directed “The Laboratory of the Filmed Portrait” and “Docs in Progress”, both at Play-Doc and the residence “Filming the Landscape” Açores, 2011. From 2001 to 2016 he coordinated and programmed the Master in Creative Documentary UPF- Barcelona.

Veronica Fiorito, Pitching Series tutor

Verónica Fiorito (Argentina) has a solid background in the field of TV and Film production and direction, which is consolidated with a degree in Audiovisual Production and Direction. She has developed a career around cultural management, becoming Chief of Cabinet of the Ministry of Culture of Argentina. She directed and integrated the team that designed and launched the channels Pakapaka, the signal dedicated to children and Canal Encuentro. She is currently the director of the Kirchner Cultural Center.

Yaël Bitton, Rough Cut Lab tutor

Yaël (Switzerland) lives in Paris, has been making films for over 20 years. He received a master’s degree in filmmaking from the INSAS film school in Brussels. He has directed two feature-length documentaries: Not for Sale, 2003; The Rabbi’s 12 Children, 2007. From 1995 to 1999 she worked as a script supervisor on several feature films in the United States, including Wim Wenders’ Lisbon Story, Karin Kusama’s Girlfight, Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet… She currently works as an editing tutor at HEAD in Geneva, as well as an editing and history consultant for Dok Incubator and Rough Cut Services, organized by Ikka Vehkalahti. Her latest editorial credits include: Radio Silence by Juliana Fanjul; The Ghosts of the Caribbean by Felipe Monroy; Disappearances by Anat Even and Machines by Rahul Jain.

Travis Wilkerson, tutor Realization Lab

Travis Wilkerson (USA, Denver), has developed his work between fiction, performance and documentary, through a strongly political film essay. His work is internationally recognized, exhibited in festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Locarno, Yamagata and in art circuits and museums. The NY Times called his most recent film Did you wonder who fired the gun? -An urgent, often corrosive look at America’s past and present through the prism of family, patriarchy, white supremacy and black resistance. His stirring essay on Wobbly Frank Little’s lynching, An Injury to One, was named one of the best avant-garde films of the decade by Film Comment and a “political-cinematographic landmark” by the LA Times. His films include such titles as Machine Gun or Typewriter? (2015) and Distinguished Flying Cross (2011).

Tamara Kotevska, will conduct a case study of her film Honeyland at the Documentary Seminar

Tamara Kotevska (Macedonia) is a filmmaker and writer. Honeyland

Honeyland won three awards at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary.

Waad al-Kateab, will conduct a case study of his film For Sama at the Documentary Seminar

Waad Al-Kateab, Syrian filmmaker, journalist and activist, lives as a refugee in the UK. She arrived in the “world of documentaries” when she started to record the Syrian civil war for Channel 4 in the UK.

Her documentary For Sama (2019), a letter to her first daughter born in the context of the war, which she makes together with the British Edward Watts, was winner of the L’île d’or award at the Cannes Film Festival, the BAFTA award for best documentary and was nominated for the 2020 Oscars.

Edward Watts, will make a case study of his film For Sama at the Documentary Seminar

Edward Watts, English filmmaker. His films include The Mega Brothel (2015), Escape from ISIS (2015) and For Sama (2019), which he made with Waad Al-Kateab and for which he won the Cannes Film Festival’s L’île d’or award, the BAFTA award for best documentary and a nomination for the 2020 Oscars.

Estevão Ciavatta, tutor of the Impact Distribution Laboratory

Estevão Ciavatta is a director, screenwriter and producer. He is a founding partner of Pindorama Filmes, the first Brazilian Carbon Neutral company in the film and television industry. Ciavatta has written and directed dozens of television programs, in addition to the award-winning Nelson Sargento and Programa Casé films. For HBO, he created, directed and produced the series Preamar and Santos Dumont, which was shown in more than 70 countries.

Rossana Giesteira, tutor of the Impact Distribution Laboratory

With 23 years in the market, working in communication and project development for large companies in the telecommunications, media and services sectors. Since 2015 she has been working as an impact producer for audiovisual projects of Brazilian filmmakers and distributors. In 2019, she joins the team of Good Pitch Brazil, the world’s largest networking platform to distribute documentary impact as an Outreach Director.

Joanna Natasegara, tutor of the Executive Production Lab

Joanna Natasegara, is an Academy Award winning British film producer and BAFTA nominee. She is the producer of On the Edge of Democracy (2019) , The White Helmets (2016) and Virunga (2014), with Netflix Originals. And The Nightcrawlers (2019) with National Geographic Documentary Films.

DocMontevideo 2020 is co-organized with ICAU, Instituto del Cine y Audiovisual del Uurguay, MEC and Montevideo Audiovisual, IM.